SCHOOL SCOOPS: Niceville junior earns Cambridge Scholar designation

Sharon Dooley
School Scoops
Walton Sun

Welcome back to the second half of the 2019/20 academic year and the second half of the School Scoops column. Let’s make this a great semester for our students, educators, volunteers and our strong education-oriented community.


Niceville High School junior Maya Sherwood recently received the Cambridge Scholar designation by the University of Cambridge in England.

Maya gained high marks on the May 2019 Advanced International Certificate Education exams over three or more Cambridge International AS level subjects. She seeks her AICE diploma, with NHS offering eight Cambridge courses.


Eglin Elementary School support staff selected Connie Wilson as its Support Person of the Year representative.


This week we have several middle- and high-school musicians and vocalists participating in the Florida Music Educators Association honor programs.

Lewis School in Valparaiso sent four band members: seventh-grade, Isabelle Budzinsky, flute; Logan Snyder, tuba; eighth-grade, Arina Magna, trumpet; Landon Giles, horn.

Mike Wilson directs the Lewis School bands.

In December, as a community outreach program, the school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes collected new toys that were donated to area organizations for Christmas distribution.


Also in December, Niceville’s Edge Elementary School fifth-graders collected pet supplies, which were donated to the Panhandle Animal Shelter.


Butler Elementary School in Santa Rosa Beach saw its art teacher, Constance Rogers, named as Arts Teacher of the Year by the Cultural Arts Alliance.

Known as Ms. Art, Rogers has taught in the Walton County School District for 31 years and has been at Butler since it opened. She also taught at Bay and Freeport elementary schools.


As an autumn-into-winter community outreach project, the Rocky Bayou Christian School Spanish and Junior Classical League clubs worked with the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center to collect gifts for area teens in need.

Spanish Club President Joshua Burrows and JCL Service Project Coordinator Caroline Seeling spearheaded the project.

The clubs represent the only two world-language clubs at the school.

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